Hi! Welcome to ACM Inroads!!
As ACM's computing education magazine enters its fifth year of publication it has established a clear mission and presence for computing educators worldwide. We owe this success to the many authors, Associate Editors and members of the Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) who, as volunteers, have made strong contributions to a common cause. We cannot rest, however, and must continue shaping the magazine's future.
In an effort to streamline the submission process, we have changed to just two categories for submissions: Contributed Articles and Bits & Bytes, defined as follows.
Contributed Article: An unsolicited article on a topic of global interest to the computing education community. Approximately 2000 to 5000 words.
Bits & Bytes: An unsolicited update on an initiative, situation, or development of global interest to the computing education community. Approximately 1000 to 2000 words.
All articles are double-blind peer reviewed. Consider submitting a magazine article (not conference or research paper) of your own. We and the world would like to hear from you.
We always look to increase quality features for the magazine. Features today include EduBits (reflecting current ACM education-related activities) and Spotlight (reflecting current educational happenings with some ACM SIGs). We recently added the Back Page to compile and showcase material—available digitally—of interest to computing educators and students. Starting with the next issue, we plan to highlight conversations on the ACM Inroads website (inroads.acm.org)—these conversations may address recent articles in ACM Inroads as well as other topics. "Discussion" is a tentative name for the new feature. Look for it!
In addition to shepherding articles through the review process, the Associate Editors are directly involved in the future content of the magazine. Some ideas currently under consideration are:
- Expand the Spotlight section to include education activities of other SIGs
- Initiate a computing curriculum innovations feature from a global perspective
- Establish more and stronger connections with non-US communities
- Develop more special issues on current, relevant and important topics for computing educators
- Include a "debate" feature where two computing educators and/or computing professionals with opposing views write on a particular topic—and readers are encouraged to join in add their comments on the website
- Actively solicit articles from ACM membership at large, proposing topics of interest to the computing education community
If you have thoughts on these or any other enhancements to the magazine, I'd love to hear them at [email protected].
Following the magazine's "phase-out, phase-in" policy for volunteers—Associate Editors and members of the EAB—we welcome Munir Tag as a new member of the EAB. Dr. Tag is the Program Manager for Information and Communication Technology Research and Development at the Qatar Foundation. He replaces Vicki Almstrum, who has been with the magazine since its inception. Thank you, Vicki, for your years of participation.
Once again, while we are very interested in your submissions we ask you to remember that they must follow the magazine's formatting guidelines. These guidelines and a template of a correctly formatted submission appear on the ScholarOne Manuscript Central site (mc.manuscriptcentral.com/inroads) under Resources. Access to these resources is also available through the website link at inroads.acm.org/.
And as always, we are grateful to all authors who contribute to this magazine.
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